Category Archives: Family

The Chan Clan | Newport Beach Family Portrait Session

If there’s one thing to know about the Chan Clan it’s the fact that they know how to show you a good time. When I was younger, I had the privilege of having four uncles who knew how to spoil my sister and I. From the time I was in my teeny toddler years to my teenage years, my Uncle Curtis was one who knew how to give my sister and I a fun ride. When times were dull as a kid, Uncle Curtis would take us around on fun excursions to anywhere and everywhere exciting that my parents might have lacked the energy for – Seaworld, Disneyland, Mission Beach, boogie boarding, golfing, and the list would go on and on.  Today I am so happy that he’s passed that love juice onto his wife, and four kids Michelle, Jonathan, Grace and Matthew. From spending just a few hours with them, I can see the Chan family’s spice for life has continued on even past my childhood years. I could see so much joy in their family as oodles of giggles and laughter were captured on my camera from the shoot.

Each year they go on a photo excursion to get their yearly family portraits taken, to be sent out on Christmas cards. My Aunty Mae and Uncle Curtis are a very well connected couple and typically will send out a couple hundred Christmas cards to friends and family each year. I like to call her the Martha Stewart in our family. Not only she is super gifted at hospitality and entertaining, she also has her own floral business she started from the ground up from which she can boast over 20 years of floral design and event planning experience. Out of all the people she could have asked, this year I was SO privileged to be asked by Aunty Mae to do their Christmas photos! Don’t you think she did a splendid job picking out their outfits? Here are the photos that entailed! Enjoy : )

 

Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
My favorite of the kids!! Doesn’t this photo just make you want to squeeze them?

Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography

Newport Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Newport Beach Family Portraits by Maritha Mae Photography
Stay tuned for some more family portraits coming up in the next few weeks!

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Pasadena Maternity Shoot | Juniah

When I was asked to do this photo shoot I was really happy to say yes. I planned for a month to figure out where would be the best place to do it with me being new to L.A. and all. I really wasn’t going for the whole park and tree thing with this particular shoot. I was going for the nature look but these locations just kind of ‘happened’ and the photos turned into something I’ll say are pretty magnificent. That’s one thing I seem to have always loved about photography: things never go as planned. The element of uncertainty never gets tiring.

Juniah is a Kenyan friend of mine from work who knew me from the day I started and was a fan of mine. There are two things to know about Juniah: 1) She’s got mad lib and will probably beat you in any argument and 2) she knows how to have a good time. Lately it’s been bothering me that she’s been going through a few personal hardships lately so finally getting to take her out and make the professional photography thing happen for her was such an honor. She specifically waited until just a few weeks before she was due to ensure she was at her height of abdominal beauty to make this happen. She also decided to wear her tribal sarongs, a memento of her heritage. Beautiful.

Her recent story is a beautiful one.

A single mother-to-be due to aforementioned health complications, she had no other choice but to undergo In Vitro several months ago. In just a few weeks from now she will be expecting a beautiful baby girl who she’s already named Taylor – purposely a unisex name!  I can’t be more excited for this new joy coming out into her life.

Thank you so much Juniah for having me shoot your maternity photos. Like usual – it was way too hard for me to pick the good ones – there were too many. I can’t wait to shoot the newborns! Props to Reyna Ramli for being MUA and head clothing selector.

I love that second to last one!

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Eddie and April | Maternity Shoot

San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
San Diego Maternity Photographer Maritha Mae Photography